Help! Should i but a 13 inch mac book pro (retina) or 13 inch mac book air??

Both laptops need 8GB in memory- that is a must for me.

I will use my laptop ALOT- mostly on the internet watching movies, tv and on social media websites. I will also use it for studying, so typing documents, presentations and researching.

Its VERY important to me that my laptop doesnt run out of space, and doesnt freeze or take forever to load things. I also want my laptop to last at least 4 years.
The macbook air is around 200$ cheaper so obviously im leaning towards that one, but i would rather pay a bit more if the pro will be better for my needs.

Please help? Thanks x

3 Answers from the Community

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    Hello Natalie -- I research and read a LOT on my laptop. Text is just not as sharp or clear on the TN display (Macbook Airs) as the IPS display (Macbook Pros with Retina). Video is satisfactory but seems a little flat, lacking a certain level of depth and richness. You sound a lot like me. I want one laptop for work and play, with a display I love viewing, plenty of power to handle whatever I throw at it, super fast to satisfy my inner speed demon, and quality that will last a good 5 years. My vote is to go with the 13" Macbook Pro with Retina 8GB 256GB -- plenty of power and speed plus a beautiful display, up to 9 hours of battery life, two Thunderbolt 2 ports (20 Gbps) vs. one Thunderbolt (10 Gbps), full-size HDMI port (no adapter needed), and ability to simultaneously drive two external displays (each up to 2560 x 1600 resolution). Buy certified refurbished or wait for a significant sale ... July 4th next week, Labor Day coming up, and if Apple releases newer models in October, then prices on current ones will certainly drop. Hope this helps. -- Maggie B. from San Francisco Bay Area.

    • Answered by Margaret B from Concord
    • Jun 27, 2014
  • Natalie,

    Unless you are doing some heavy media editing, software editing, or gaming, the MacBook Air would suit your needs just fine. 256GB of storage would suit your needs as well, allowing for expansion software, music, movies, school documents, etc. A back hard drive or Time Capsule is always a good investment to back up your stuff too!

    Check the refurbished section. There are great deals there!

    • Answered by Marshall M from Aberdeen
    • Jun 15, 2014
  • as per you mentioned need, i think u should stick to the Air. thats a perfect fit for u

    • Answered by Faiz M from Miami
    • Sep 24, 2014